A stem cell drive is continuing this afternoon in the hopes of saving the life of a young Richmond boy.
Joshua Weekes is six years old and in the fight of his life, with an aggressive form of leukemia.
He is in desperate need of a life-saving bone marrow transfusion.
The problem? Joshua comes from mixed race heritage, so finding a matching donor is proving tough.
Joshua is of Icelandic, British, Caribbean and Filipino descent.
Meanwhile, his family and friends have organized the drive so people can register their genetic make-up with the cells taken from inside their cheeks to see if there is a match for the proceudre.
His mother Lia says time is running out for a match.
“But with your help, little Joshua will be okay, and everything will go back to normal, and we’ll go back to having pancakes at home, and watching movies on the couch at night.”
She says the support from the community has been incredible.
“It’s been amazing the amount of support that has come forward from the community when we put out the call for help.”
They are looking for people aged between 17 and 35 to register at the St. Joseph the Worker church until 7:30pm.